Day in history for April 29, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The four newspapers of Davenport have joined The Argus in taking strong ground against the sale of the island of Rock Island and in favor of preserving it for a national armory.

1879 -- 125 years ago
A Davenport woman proposes to prove, if her challenge is accepted, that she can wash 1,000 shirts in 250 hours.

1904 -- 100 years ago
Bitter words were exchanged and rival factions were on the point of trading blows at the Rock Island County Republican convention. Nominated for county offices are G.W. Gamble, J.K. Scott, L.V. Eckhart and M.A. Gould.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Quad-City men will confer with Washington officials tomorrow regarding more work for Rock Island Arsenal.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island firemen battled a sawdust fire more than two hours Wednesday afternoon at the Rock Island Millwork Company. Only negligible damages resulted from the smoldering fire in one of the three elevated sawdust hoppers which feeds sawdust fuel to the company's power plant. Spontaneous combustion is believed to have caused the fire.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Moline police have asked the public to watch for a dangerous chlorine gas cylinder, stolen from Sentry Pool and Chemical Supply, Inc., 1529 46th Ave., Moline. Police say the cylinder is silver with a red cap, 5 feet long and 18 inches in diameter. Printed on the side of the tank is Midwest Chlorine Co.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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